US college basketball: Gonzaga loses 1st game of season
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2017 02:38 PM
BYU forward Davin Guinn, left, and center Corbin Kaufusi celebrate after BYU defeated No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 in an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
The Associated Press
SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Eric Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help BYU upset No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 on Saturday, ending the Bulldogs' bid to go undefeated in the final game of the U.S. men's college basketball regular season.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast Conference), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss.
Mika's basket with a minute left gave BYU (21-10, 12-6) a 73-71 lead.
Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and Corbin Kaufusi had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put it out of reach.
The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76.
No. 5 UCLA 77, No. 4 ARIZONA 72
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat Arizona in a Pac-12 showdown.
The Bruins (26-3, 13-3) snapped Arizona's 21-game home court winning streak and dropped the Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) into a tie with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Ducks hold the tiebreaker by beating Arizona in the teams' only meeting.
UCLA, avenging a 96-85 home loss to Arizona on Jan. 21, trailed 53-49 at the half but took control with a 19-4 second-half run.
Allonzo Trier scored a career-high 28 for the Wildcats.
UCLA had 19 second-chance points to Arizona's four.
No. 2 VILLANOVA 79, No. 23 CREIGHTON 63
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help Villanova wrap up its fourth straight Big East regular-season title.
Kris Jenkins scored 15 points and Mikal Bridges had 11 for the defending national champion Wildcats (27-3, 14-3).
Marcus Foster scored 25 points and Khyri Thomas had 17 for Creighton (22-7, 9-7). It has lost six of 10 after an 18-1 start.
No. 3 KANSAS 77, TEXAS 67.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Josh Jackson scored 18 points and Frank Mason III added 16 to help Kansas beat Texas and win its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship outright.
Devonte Graham and Dwight Coleby added points 12 apiece for the Jayhawks (26-3, 14-2 Big 12).
Jarrett Allen led Texas (10-19, 4-12) with 20 points, and Andrew Jones added 18.
No. 5 OREGON 75, STANFORD 73
STANFORD, California (AP) — Jordan Bell scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to give Oregon a rare Bay Area sweep.
Bell's game-winner followed Dillon Brooks' last-second, tiebreaking 3-pointer three nights earlier at California to give Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) its second sweep of its conference Bay Area rivals since 1976.
Tyler Dorsey scored 15 points to lead Oregon, while Brooks added 14.
Reid Travis had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinal (14-14, 6-10).
No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTSBURGH 67
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Jackson scored 23 points, Joel Berry added 19 and North Carolina continued its march to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title.
The Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3) have won four straight following a loss to arch rival Duke two weeks ago. North Carolina can clinch its second straight ACC regular season crown and 31st overall with a win at No. 18 Virginia on Monday.
Michael Young and fellow senior Jamel Artis finished with 17 points each for the Panthers (15-14, 4-12).
IOWA ST. 72, No. 9 BAYLOR 69
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Deonte Burton scored 22 points, including a crucial 3 with 1:17 left, and Iowa State won its fifth straight.
Monte Morris had 17 points with seven assists for the Cyclones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12), who have their longest winning streak in league play since a seven-game stretch in 2005.
Johnathan Motley had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (23-6, 10-6).
MIAMI 55, No. 10 DUKE 50
CORAL GABLES, Florida. (AP) — Bruce Brown scored 25 points, and Miami held Duke a staggering 32 points below its season average.
Brown shot 11 for 18 and had four assists, while his teammates shot just 11 for 40 with four assists combined. Yet it was enough for the Hurricanes (20-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who dominated inside and outscored Duke 40-20 in the paint.
Frank Jackson and Luke Kennard each scored 16 points for Duke (22-7, 10-6), which lost its second straight to an unranked opponent.
No. 11 KENTUCKY 76, No. 13 FLORIDA 66
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) — Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half and Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 15 rebounds as Kentucky took over the Southeastern Conference lead.
While another week remains in SEC play for both teams, the Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) took an important step by twice rallying from eight points down to win the pivotal matchup. And they can thank Monk for making it happen as he scored 14 points during an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 remaining.
KeVaughn Allen had 24 points and Justin Leon added 13 for Florida (23-6, 13-3), which had won nine straight.
No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 61, TCU 60
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Daxter Miles Jr. made a free throw with 4.8 seconds left for West Virginia.
Miles went to the free throw line after a questionable foul against Jaylen Fisher, who never left the ground and appeared to make only slight incidental contact with the Miles.
TCU (17-12, 6-10 Big 12), which had tied the game on Alex Robinson's free throw with 9.1 seconds left, had one more chance but Desmond Bane's 3-pointer at the buzzer was well short.
Jevon Carter had 15 points for West Virginia (23-6, 11-5), while Nathan Adrian added 13.
Fisher had 18 points to lead TCU, which lost its fifth straight.
MICHIGAN 82, No. 14 PURDUE 70
ANN ARBOR, Michigan. (AP) — Moe Wagner scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half for Michigan.
Derrick Walton added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Wolverines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten), who have won five of six.
Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points for the Boilermakers (23-6, 12-4), who had their six-game winning streak snapped.
No. 17 SMU 69, UCONN 61
HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Shake Milton had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead SMU.
The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight. Semi Ojeleye added 16 points.
The Huskies (14-14, 9-7), who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak, were led by Kentan Facey's 15 points.
No. 18 VIRGINIA 70, N.C. STATE 55
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Freshman Kyle Guy scored 19 points to help Virginia end a four-game losing streak.
Devon Hall added 18 points for the Cavaliers (19-9, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 49 percent and made 11 of 16 3-pointers.
Freshman Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points for the Wolfpack (15-15, 4-13).
No. 19 FLORIDA ST. 76, CLEMSON 74
CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) — Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 1:22 left, to lift Florida State.
Jonathan Isaac of Florida State (23-6, 11-5) blocked Shelton Mitchell's drive with 11 seconds left and, after Trent Forrest made a free throw for the Seminoles, Marcquise Reed came up short on a mid-range jumper with 5 seconds to go.
Jaron Blossomgame had 24 points for Clemson (14-14, 4-12).
No. 20 SAINT MARY'S 70, SANTA CLARA 56
MORAGA, California (AP) — Jock Landale scored 17 points and Saint Mary's beat Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference regular-season finale for both teams.
Emmett Naar and Calvin Hermanson scored 13 points apiece for the Gaels (26-3, 15-3). Jared Brownridge and Matt Hauser scored 15 points apiece for Santa Clara (16-15, 10-8).
IOWA 83, No. 24 MARYLAND 69
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland. (AP) — Freshman Jordan Bohannon scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers, to help Iowa breeze past fading Maryland.
Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten). Kevin Huerter scored 13 points for Maryland (22-7, 10-6). Since opening 20-2, the Terrapins have lost five of seven and three in a row.
No. 25 WICHITA ST. 86, MISSOURI ST. 67
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (AP) — Landry Shamet scored a career-best 23 points as Wichita State clinched at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title for a fourth straight season.
The title is the fifth in six seasons for the Shockers (27-4, 17-1), who have won 12 straight games and appear well on their way to a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Dequon Miller had 19 points for the Bears (16-15, 7-11).